My post this week at Return of Kings explores the gap between the promises and assurances of governments, and the frequently inconsistent implementations of those promises. We use three examples: the overly-broad “metadata” collection efforts by intelligence agencies, the French Army’s disastrous “Chauchat” machine gun program of World War I, and the tragic “rubber soldiers” of Brazil during the Second World War. Each of these examples has much to tell us about the following truism: centralized power exists to nurture itself, and follows it own logic.
The only way to keep abuses in check is the skeptical vigilance of an informed citizenry. Unfortunately, this is a force that is far too often absent.
The full article can be found here.